Statement of Non-Discrimination

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, national origin, covered veteran status, disability, ancestry or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, admissions, participation in its programs, services and activities, and selection of vendors who provide services or products to UMMS. Further, UMMS is firmly committed to ensuring that all who work, study, visit or seek treatment here may do so in an environment free of harassment and/or discrimination. 

Further information is available at

Questions concerning this notice can be directed to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion. Questions concerning Title IX may be directed to the designated campus Title IX Officer. Either can be reached at: 

University of Massachusetts Medical School 
55 Lake Avenue North (S1-710)   
Worcester, MA 01655 
Office Phone: 508 856-2179 
Fax: 508 856-1810 

Application Process

Applications for admission to the University of Massachusetts Medical School School of Medicine must be submitted online through the American Medical College Application Service. (AMCAS). Please review application submission deadlines for the MD and MD/PhD programs.  

Applicants are encouraged to apply early! 

AMCAS requires 4 to 6 weeks to verify applications. Submission of applications to AMCAS by the MD and MD/PhD program deadlines does not guarantee that the application will reach us in time for applicants to complete secondary forms by the posted deadlines. Extensions will not be granted for late applications.

UMass Medical School Students

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications when all supporting documents have been received:

  • Verified AMCAS application
    • Use of third parties, companies or professional services for writing personal statements is strongly discouraged and considered a breach of ethical conduct. Contracting with such services would not be considered compatible with ethical standards in the practice of medicine.  
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • We will accept the following letters to complete your application:
      • A letter of recommendation from the applicant's pre-medical advisory committee is preferred. Applicants who do not have a pre-med advisor or committee will have the opportunity to explain on our secondary forms why a committee letter was not provided.
      • Two letters from prerequisite science instructors may be accepted in the event the applicant is unable to provide a committee letter. We may consider letters from academic mentors or advisors, preferably in the physical or biomedical sciences.  
      • Letters from commercial advisors are discouraged and are not a substitute for this requirement. 
    • Applicants should send all letters of recommendation directly to the AMCAS Letter Service, which will forward the letters to the Admissions Office electronically. AMCAS will accept letters from users of VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and via the US Postal System. If you have a question about whether or not your advising office uses VirtualEvals, please contact your undergraduate advising office.  
    • When we have received all letters from all letter writers listed on the AMCAS application we will mark the letters portion of the online checklist as complete. Please allow at least 2 weeks processing time.  
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam results  
    • Applications will not be considered complete until scores from the last expected MCAT date on the AMCAS application are received. UMMS will accept scores for tests taken up to three years prior to the time of application. We will accept and consider MCAT scores from Jan. 1, 2014 to Sept. 9, 2017 for 2018 matriculation.  
  • UMMS Supplemental Application Forms
    • Upon receipt of the AMCAS verified application, applicants are sent an email with directions for completing the online secondary form (Note: Electronic application files are received weekly):
      • Supplemental Form (includes a series of short essays)
      • Residency Validation form: Please review the Massachusetts Residency Classification to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition and fees. Applicants who wish to be considered for in-state tuition and fees must complete the Residency Validation Form. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or have approved DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
      • PhD Information Release Authorization (for applicants to the MD/PhD program only)
      • Application to the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) Track, if appropriate.
      • Technical Standards Acknowledgement
  • Application Fee
    • MD program applicants must submit a non-refundable $100 application fee. Payment must be submitted online (through the Oracle portal) or via personal or bank check or money order mailed to the Office of Admissions. Please write your AMCAS ID# on your check. This fee is waived for MD/PhD program applicants. We will waive our $100 application fee if you are granted an AMCAS fee waiver. 
  • Completed Applications
    • Completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty representing various disciplines from the basic and clinical sciences and four medical students. The University adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.
    • We employ a rolling admissions process whereby applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee throughout the admissions cycle and are notified as soon as a decision has been made.  
  • Interviews
    • Interviews are by invitation only and are typically held between September and March. Applicants (MD and MD/PhD) will experience the multiple mini interview (MMI) in Worcester. PURCH Track applicants will also be required to visit the UMMS-Baystate campus in Springfield, MA for a separate round of interviews.  

Application Timeline

Applicants Applying for 2018 Matriculation

 MD Program

 MD/PhD Program

Submission of AMCAS applications begins

Early May 2017 (refer to AMCAS site)

Early May 2017 (refer to AMCAS site) 

Deadline for submission of Early Decision applications to AMCAS


Not eligible

Deadline submission of Early Decision applications to the Office of Admissions


Not eligible

Applicants notified of Early Decision-Admissions Committee decision


Not eligible

Application submission deadline to AMCAS

IMPORTANT: AMCAS requires 4-6 weeks to verify applications. Submission of applications to AMCAS by the deadline DOES NOT guarantee the application will be verified in time for secondary applications to be completed by the program deadline. Extensions will NOT be granted for late applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. 



Transcript deadline to AMCAS



Deadline for supplementary application materials to be received by the Office of Admissions. Extensions will NOT be granted for late completion or submission. 



Application for clinical years transfer received by the Office of Admissions

Applications for transfer to THIRD YEAR may be submitted for consideration if there are open places available.

Note:  We have determined that there are no transfer openings available for the entering class of 2018.



Academic Requirements

Academic requirements for applying to the University of Massachusetts Medical School - School of Medicine are outlined below. A bachelor's degree is required and all applicants must have obtained their degree prior to matriculation.

Prerequisite coursework should be completed within the last six years and CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy these requirements. All prerequisite coursework must be taken at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada and must be evaluated by traditional grading and not by a pass/fail system.

Advanced placement credit in prerequisite coursework is accepted, however, the credit awarded must be stated on your transcript and AMCAS application. Upper level undergraduate science coursework is encouraged, especially for applicants who received AP credit for any prerequisite courses.

Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must have completed a minimum of one full year of study at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university prior to submitting their application.   

Required Prerequisite Courses

General Biology or Zoology (with lab)

One Year
(2 semesters)

Inorganic (General) Chemistry (with lab)

One Year
(2 semesters)

Organic Chemistry (with lab)

One Year 
(2 semesters)

General Physics (with lab)

One Year 
(2 semesters)

College English

One Year 
(2 semesters)


Recommended Courses 


1 semester


1 semester


1-2 semesters


1 semester

MCAT Policy

All applicants are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Arrangements for taking the MCAT, requesting test reports, and information concerning administration, scoring and processing of the test should be directed to the MCAT office.

Selection of applicants for the medical school class entering in a given calendar year will be based, in part, on MCAT scores acquired during the previous three calendar years. Selection of alternates may include consideration of MCAT scores acquired in the same calendar year. Applicants must list the last date that they plan to take the MCAT on their AMCAS application.

MCAT results must be received by the Office of Admissions by September 1 to be considered for early decision.

Early Decision

A strong applicant who is interested in applying only to the UMass Medical School - School of Medicine may wish to submit an Early Decision application. An applicant who does not receive an offer of acceptance through Early Decision will automatically be considered with the general pool of candidates for possible acceptance at a later date.

Early Decision applications must be received by AMCAS by August 1 and complete in the Office of Admissions by September 1 of the year prior to matriculation.

MCAT results must be received by the Office of Admissions by September 1 to be considered for Early Decision. Applicants should schedule their MCAT exams in time for results to be received by our office by the deadline. Applicants must also list the last date that they will be taking the MCAT exam on the AMCAS application; additional MCAT results will be accepted for early decision applicants not selected for Early Decision.

Final decisions regarding Early Decision acceptance will be made by October 1.


Multiple Mini InterviewsMMI

Invited applicants will experience the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) style of interview. Applicants will participate in a circuit of eight independent short interview stations. They review a scenario for two minutes and then meet with a rater to discuss the scenario for six minutes. The applicant then moves to the next station and a new rater. The rater then provides an assessment of their interaction with the applicant. The station scenarios do not test or assess scientific knowledge but instead focus on issues such as communication, ethics, critical thinking, teamwork and opinions on health care issues.

Check out the New York Times article highlighting the power of the MMI and learn more about the process. 

Interviews are by invitation of the Admissions Committee and are arranged at a mutually convenient time. MD applicants interview during scheduled one-day events and MD/PhD applicants interview during scheduled two-day events. Interviews are held on campus in the iCELS area of the Albert Sherman Center. PURCH Track applicants will also be invited to interview at UMMS-Baystate in Springfield, MA. Applicants will be advised of their check-in times. MD Applicants should plan on the day ending at approximately 5 p.m. Interview day will include an orientation prior to the MMI, an overview of our admissions process and curriculum and financial aid presentations. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet current medical students who will provide information about student life at UMMS and give a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities. 

Due to the complex nature of the MMI, if an applicant arrives late or misses the start of the interviews, the applicant will have to return on another date to complete the MMI. Directions to UMass Medical School can be found here

MMI Scenario Example

Since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak most health care institutions have put into place rigid visitor policies that allow a limited number of visitors to visit patients and only during specified hours of the day. In many health care institutions, a common restriction has been a limit of two visitors at a time during a six hour period each day. Initially, staff and health care organizations were very satisfied with visitor policies. However, patients, families and patient advocates launched multiple complaints regarding the restrictive visitor policies.

Consider the viewpoints both supporting and opposing restrictive visitor policies and discuss these with the interviewer.

Selection Criteria

The School of Medicine’s admission policy promotes the UMMS mission by offering a quality, accessible medical education to those qualified applicants who will best serve health care needs through medical practice, public service, education and research.criteria

A committee comprising of representative faculty members and medical students determines selection for admission. A number of factors are carefully considered in the committee’s review of each applicant’s qualifications and in the selection of a matriculating class that will represent a broad and diverse spectrum of individuals, backgrounds and interests. These factors include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Prior academic performance
  • Content and breadth of scholastic preparation
  • Standardized test performance (MCAT)
  • Service activities which indicate an ability to work with people in a helping role. Many of our applicants have an interest in participating in medical experiences abroad.  We advise you to review the AAMC Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
  • A baccalaureate degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited undergraduate school
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or approved DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status  
  • Attributes that contribute to the diversity of the class, including, but not limited to, socio-economic background, educational background, work experience, nationality, languages spoken, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Also considered in diversity are students from disadvantaged backgrounds and resiliency in terms of positive capacity to cope with stress and adversity
  • Extracurricular accomplishments
  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills as documented in letters of support and in the interview
  • Written communication skills as determined by academic performance, standardized testing and materials submitted in the application package
  • Achievement in scientific research and/or medically related service
  • Evidence of motivation and preparedness for medicine
  • Attributes and values deemed necessary for physicians, including honesty, altruism, compassion, flexibility, maturity, intellectual curiosity, self-awareness, ability for self-directed learning and ability to work as a member of a team

In consideration of these factors described above, the UMass Medical School encourages students to pursue a pre-medical education of considerable breadth including such coursework as English literature and composition, foreign languages, history, economics, ethics and the fine arts. All students must complete the coursework identified on the Academic Requirements webpage and demonstrate a strong performance in the biological and physical sciences as a sound foundation for pursuing further study in the medical sciences.

No single program can be recommended as the best or preferred plan of study. Candidates are, therefore, encouraged to select educational programs that best reflect individual interests and aptitudes. Whenever possible, advanced study in a field of interest is encouraged, with particular emphasis on activities involving independent study.

Students who are granted advanced placement credits for coursework taken in secondary school are advised to take additional college level programs in these subject areas.

Acceptances, Deferrals and Withdrawal Policy


With the exception of Early Decision, acceptances will be offered on or after October 15, per AMCAS traffic rules, until the class is full. Applicants selected for admission will be notified by email and formal hard copy letter from the associate dean for admissions. Applicants will be expected to either accept or reject this offer within two weeks. Failure to respond to an acceptance offer within the two week time frame may result in revocation of the offer.

Applicants are offered a provisional acceptance and are subject to a criminal background check (CBC). If the CBC reveals some prior contact with the criminal justice system, the applicant will be offered a full opportunity to respond. Provisional acceptances may (or may not) be withdrawn pending the school's review of that history and the applicant's response. The school has a process that governs these matters.


Once all places in the class have been filled, the remaining applicants will be so notified. Thereafter, a list of alternates will be prepared. In the event that an enrolled student withdraws prior to matriculation, a replacement will be selected from the list of alternates. An applicant placed on the alternate list will be so informed and requested to indicate whether s/he wishes to remain on the wait list.

An applicant who initially accepts a place and later decides to withdraw will be expected to inform the Office of Admissions promptly so that another candidate may be offered a position.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School discourages granting of deferrals except in cases of medical emergency or events of comparable significance. Requests for deferrals must be submitted directly to the associate dean for admissions and will be considered on an individual basis.


Applicants are expected to notify the Office of Admissions of their decision to withdraw their application from consideration. Applicants can choose to withdraw their application at anytime; prior to a decision being made or after being accepted.

Applicants should email the Office of Admissions of their decision to withdraw their application at and include their AMCAS ID in the email.

Technical Standards


The mission of the School of Medicine is to graduate skilled and effective physicians. It is the responsibility of the faculty to select applicants who are best qualified to complete the required training and most likely to become the best possible physicians. 

The School of Medicine will consider for admission any applicant who meets its academic criteria and demonstrates the ability to perform or to learn to perform the skills listed here, with or without reasonable accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any applicant with questions about these technical requirements is advised to discuss the issue with the ADA Student Coordinator prior to the interview process.

White coat ceremonyCertain chronic or recurrent illnesses that interfere with patient care or safety are not compatible with medical practice or training. Any student who is a carrier of a blood borne pathogen (including but not limited to Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus, and Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will not be permitted to perform some invasive procedures. This will restrict the student’s ability to perform fully in some clinical clerkships and to meet the requirements of some specialties; therefore, the student will possibly be prohibited from future training and practicing in those fields. Read the Addendum and Policy Summary Statement on Blood-Borne Pathogens. Other conditions that may lead to a high likelihood of debilitating student illness should also be carefully considered before committing to a clinical career. Deficiencies in knowledge base, judgment, integrity, character or professional attitude or demeanor that may jeopardize patient care, may be grounds for course/rotation failure and possible dismissal.

The following technical standards specify the attributes that faculty consider necessary for completing medical school training, enabling each graduate to subsequently enter residency and clinical practice. These standards describe the essential functions students must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of a general medical education, and thus, are prerequisites for entrance, continuation, promotion, retention and graduation from medical school.

Technical Standards

A student must possess aptitude, abilities and skills in five areas:

1) observation; 2) communication; 3) sensory and motor coordination and function; 4) conceptualization, integration and quantitation; and 5) behavioral and social skills, abilities and aptitude.  These are described in detail below.  Students must be able to independently perform the described functions.

1. Observationtech3

Students must be able to observe demonstrations and conduct experiments in the basic sciences, including, but not limited to: anatomic dissection of preserved tissues and cadavers; physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations in animals; microbiologic cultures and microscopic studies of microorganisms and animal and human tissues in normal and pathologic states. A student must be able to observe patients accurately at a reasonable distance and close at hand, noting non-verbal as well as verbal signals. Specific observational requirements include, but are not limited to the following abilities:  detecting and identifying significant changes in colors of fluids, skin, culture media, and dipstick tests; perceiving with acuity and accurately discriminating findings on x-rays and other imaging tests; efficiently reading written and illustrated material; observing intracellular details through a microscope; observing demonstrations in the classroom, including projected slides, films, videos and overheads; observing and differentiating changes in body movement; observing anatomic structures; discriminating numbers and patterns associated with diagnostic instruments and tests, such as sphygmomanometers and electrocardiograms; and using instruments competently, such as the otoscope, ophthalmoscope, microscope and stethoscope.

2. Communication

Students must be able to relate effectively and sensitively with patients of all  genders; as well as all ages, races, life-styles, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds, and be able to convey a sense of compassion and empathy.  A student must be able to communicate clearly with and observe patients in order to elicit information, accurately describe changes in mood, activity and posture; and be able to perceive verbal as well as nonverbal communications.  Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing.  Medical education presents exceptional challenges in the volume and breadth of required reading and the necessity to impart information to others.  Students must be able to communicate quickly, effectively and efficiently in oral and written English with all members of the health care team.  Specific requirements include but are not limited to the following abilities: communicating rapidly and clearly with the medical team on rounds; eliciting a thorough history from patients; and communicating complex findings in appropriate terms to patients and to various members of the health care team (fellow students, physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, therapists, social workers, and others).  Students must learn to recognize and promptly respond to emotional communications such as sadness, worry, agitation and lack of comprehension of physician communication.  Each student must be able to read and to record observations and plans legibly, efficiently and accurately in documents such as the patient record and the electronic record.  Students must be able to prepare and communicate concise but complete summaries of individual encounters, including hospitalizations.  Students must be able to complete forms according to directions in a complete and timely fashion. Students must be computer literate and able to access patient records and medical information with facility.

3. Sensory and Motor Coordination or Function

tech4Students must be able and willing to perform with acuity, accuracy, and facility, a complete physical examination on any patient of any gender, utilizing palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers.  In general, this requires sufficient ability to observe with acuity and to process accurately:  visual, auditory, exteroceptive (smell, touch, pain and temperature) and proprioceptive (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis and vibratory) phenomena, as well as the ability to manipulate with precision, at a fine level of movement, patients, and medical instruments and equipment. Methods of surgical instruction include practice on living or preserved animal tissues. A student must  be able and willing to provide general care and emergency treatment to any patient of any gender in a timely manner.  Furthermore, a student must be able to respond promptly to medical emergencies within the hospital, and must not hinder the ability of co-workers to provide prompt care. Examples of such emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians include arriving quickly when called and initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administering intravenous medication, applying pressure to stop bleeding, opening obstructed airways, suturing wounds, and performing basic obstetrical maneuvers. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation may require moving an adult patient, repeatedly and rapidly applying considerable chest pressure; delivering an adequate volume of artificial respiration; and calling for help. A student must be able to learn to perform basic laboratory tests (urinalysis, completed blood count) and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (phlebotomy, arterial blood gas drawings, lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis). Students must be able to measure angles and diameters of various body structures using tape measure and goniometer, measure blood pressure and pulse, and interpret graphs describing biologic relationships. Clinical rotations in ambulatory care settings require the ability to transport oneself to a variety of ambulatory settings in a timely manner, and inpatient rounds require prolonged and rapid movement.

4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, judgment and synthesis. The student must also be able to recognize letters and numbers quickly and accurately.  Clinical reasoning and problem solving are critical skills demanded of physicians requiring  all of these intellectual abilities, and they must be performed quickly, especially in emergency situations. Moreover, the effective physician often must deal with several tasks or problems simultaneously. Students must be able to identify significant findings from history, physical examination, and laboratory data; provide a reasoned explanation for likely diagnoses; construct a reasoned and cost-effective diagnostic plan; and prescribe medications and therapy, recalling and retaining information in an efficient and timely manner. Students must be able to identify and communicate the limits of their knowledge to others when appropriate. The ability to incorporate new information from peers, teachers and medical literature in formulating diagnoses and plans is essential.  Good judgment in patient assessment and diagnostic and therapeutic planning is essential.

5. Behavioral and Social Attributes

tech2Empathy, integrity, honesty, concern for others, good interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are necessary for any physician.  Students must be able in all clinical and academic settings to fully utilize their intellectual abilities, to exercise good judgment and to promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.  They must be able and willing to develop mature, sensitive, professional and effective relationships with patients of all genders, ages, races, life-styles, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds, as well as with their families, with other health care providers, and with all members of the learning and working community. At times this requires the ability to be aware of and appropriately react to one's own immediate emotional responses: e.g., students must maintain a professional demeanor, and be able to function at a high level in the face of personal fatigue, dissatisfied patients and their families, and tired colleagues.  Students must be able to develop professional relationships with patients and their families, providing comfort and reassurance when appropriate while protecting patient confidentiality. Students must be able to maintain professional conduct when interacting with patients and the families of patients suffering from catastrophic illness, trauma and death. Students must possess adequate endurance to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress.  All students must be able and willing to work on any day of the week and on any day of the year when called upon to serve in scheduled clinical activities or learning opportunities.  All students are at times required to work for extended periods, occasionally with rotating and overnight shifts.  Students must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.  Students are expected to accept appropriate suggestions and criticism and, when necessary, to respond by  modifying their behavior.

Transfers to School

Transfer students may be considered for third year if capacity allows. Students interested in the possibility of transferring to this school should direct inquiries to the Office of Admissions. Transfer applications are accepted Jan. 1 through April 1 of the year in which the applicant is seeking transfer. 

We will consider transfer students from Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical schools only.

Information regarding availability of transfers, application forms, and instructions for applying, are available upon request by potential applicants. To request additional details and/or a transfer application, please email the Office of Admissions at

UPDATE AS OF 1/3/17: We have determined that we will have no openings available and will therefore be UNABLE to consider transfer applicants for the incoming third year class of 2017.

Transfer of Credits

Given the integrated model for our courses and curricular framework, requests for advanced standing (transfer of credits) will be considered on a case by case basis. Under the oversight of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, requests for advanced standing (transfer of credits) in a given course will be reviewed by the respective curriculum committee and subject to approval by the designated course co-leaders.

Requests for advanced standing should be directed to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Criminal Background Checks

Students are conditionally accepted, in part, pending a satisfactory background check. If the school receives a positive response, the matter will be referred to the Committee to Review Criminal Background Checks according to the school’s “Procedure for Reviewing and Acting Upon Criminal Background Checks.” Once enrolled, some clinical sites where students do rotations may require an updated criminal background check as a condition of the rotation. 

Drug Urine Screening

Some clinical sites require a urine drug screening prior to placement at the clinical site.


Class Profile

UMMS Class of 2021

MOE Group 2017

Applicant pool:
Total AMCAS applications received: 3,614
Total completed applications:  2,504
Applicants interviewed: 774

First-Year Class Enrollment:
MD Program, MA residents:  127 
MD Program, non-MA residents:  29
PURCH Track: 22
MD/PhD Program, MA residents: 4
MD/PhD Program, non-MA residents: 2
Total class enrollment: 162

Entering Class GPA:
Average GPA: 3.73

Average MCAT Scores:
88th percentile (based on old MCAT and MCAT 2015 percentiles)

Male: 70 
Female: 92

Average age: 24

Top 10 undergraduate schools represented (Two or more students from each school):

  1. Boston College
  2. Boston University
  3. Brandeis University
  4. Brown University
  5. College of the Holy Cross 
  6. Harvard University
  7. Johns Hopkins University
  8. Northeastern University
  9. Tufts University
  10. University of Massachusetts

First generation college: 26

From groups underrepresented in medicine: 17

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) – United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) pass rates for first time test-takers:
Step 1 – 97 percent in 2016
Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) – 95 percent in AY 2015/2016
Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) – 99 percent in AY 2015/2016
Step 3 – 98 percent of the graduating Class of 2014 taking the exam between May 2014 and December 2016

Residency Match
UMMS percent is based on Fourth Year Exit Survey self-report data; All schools percent pulled from NRMP website

51 percent of 2017 graduates matched to their first choice for a residency program compared to 48 percent of all U.S. medical school graduates.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)
The GQ is a national questionnaire administered annually by the AAMC since 1978 to U.S. graduating medical students.

97 percent of 2017 graduates responded “Agree/Strongly Agree” when rating their overall satisfaction with their medical education as compared to 90 percent of all U.S. medical school graduates.

Survey of Recent Graduates
This survey is administered annually by UMMS to all UMMS alumni upon completion of their 1st year of residency.

96 percent of 2016 graduates responded “Agree/Strongly Agree” when retrospectively rating their overall satisfaction with their UMMS education after completing their first year of residency


MD Program

The University of Massachusetts Medical School-School of Medicine has two degree programs; the MD program and the MD/PhD program or Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Both programs are open to residents and nonresidents of Massachusetts. Review our residency classification to see if you qualify as a Massachusetts resident for tuition and fee purposes.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School's MD program pledges to provide students with a comprehensive and personally rewarding medical education. We aim to prepare our graduates to be caring, competent, and productive physicians serving a diversity of patients and communities. Whether a student plans to practice in primary care or pursue subspecialty training, the four-year educational program at UMass Medical School is designed to develop the foundational competencies required of all physicians.

Our curriculum emphasizes early patient care exposure from the first weeks of medical school to help students develop strong clinical skills in communication, clinical problem solving and professionalism. Students are encouraged to engage in student activism, service and advocacy within the community. Our courses and clerkships are continuously reviewed to keep pace with the rapidly changing science of medicine, the evolving standards of professional medical practice, and state-of-the-art educational methods necessary for teaching and learning in the technological age. 

Clinical Experience


Our MD program is consistently recognized for excellence in primary care training by U.S. News & World Report. Our expanding campus, with state-of-the-art training facilities and a nationally recognized hospital, provides our students with a rich environment in which to develop their skills. With our outstanding clinical training and exceptional research opportunities, graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career paths in the evolving field of medicine.


Clinical Experience Group


The Medical School’s educational mission is enhanced by over 53 accredited residency programs; cooperative degree programs with area colleges and universities; diverse community-based education programs across the state of Massachusetts; outstanding achievements in basic and clinical research; and our Commonwealth Medicine initiatives. As the commonwealth’s only public medical school, UMMS places an emphasis on partnerships with the community. Our students are actively engaged in serving the needs of the Massachusetts patient population.


The University of Massachusetts School of Medicine curriculum has three major interrelated components: the Foundational Curriculum (Foundations of Medicine or FOM 1 and 2), Core Clinical Experiences (CCE) and Advanced Studies (AS). 

Information on School of Medicine courses can be found here.

MD/PhD Program

The University of Massachusetts Medical School-School of Medicine has two degree programs; the MD program and the MD/PhD program or Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Both programs are open to residents and nonresidents of Massachusetts. Review our residency classification to see if you qualify as a Massachusetts resident for tuition and fee purposes.

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) funded MD/PhD program offers exceptional training opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers as physician/scientists. The program combines the curriculum of the School of Medicine (SOM) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) to provide a structured foundation of diverse topics, with the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of the individual student. 

The goal of the MD/PhD program is to provide highly motivated students the opportunities to develop skills and experience in biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine. This is a rigorous and challenging program, and upon successful completion the student is awarded both the PhD in biomedical sciences and the MD. We train physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to health care and who will become the leaders of academic medicine.

Program Directors: Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, and Silvia Corvera, MD

Highlights of the MD/PhD Program

  • Choice of either Basic & Biomedical Sciences or Clinical & Population Health Research
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Pool of more than 350 thesis advisors
  • Mentorship by physician-scientists
  • Annual off-site program research retreat
  • Monthly seminars and workshops by and for students
  • Grant writing and fellowship opportunities
  • Student Advisory Committee participation
  • Career guidance 



All Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences courses are listed on the GSBS website. Alternatively, you can view courses offered within each program by exploring individual Programs of Study.


Population-Based Urban & Rural Community Health (PURCH) Track

The University of Massachusetts has partnered with Baystate Health to offer the PURCH Track to our medical students. This Track in the School of Medicine offers medical students the opportunity to learn primary and sub-specialty care of patients through the lens of population health. The inaugural cohort to the UMMS Baystate PURCH Track matriculated in August 2017.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate (UMMS-Baystate) regional campus is located in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Baystate Health is among the largest health systems in New England, providing care to an extremely diverse – and largely under-served – population in both inner city and rural areas of western Massachusetts.

An integrated academic health system, Baystate Health is nationally recognized for innovation in medical education and expertise in population health, clinical effectiveness, and outcomes research.


PURCH Prepares You to Meet Tomorrow's Health Care Demands

The PURCH Track provides patient-centered educational opportunities that support your development of both diagnostic excellence and the understanding of the patient experience.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to practice medicine in diverse urban and rural communities, focusing on underserved populations

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Tomorrow’s Physicians Face Important and Exciting Challenges

The health care field is undergoing a revolution.

Health care reform, escalating drug prices, the physician shortage, controversial medical advances, income inequality, the opioid crisis and changes in primary care are accelerating rapidly. A physician’s perspective must shift to include the many factors influencing a patient’s health, as well as the health of the entire community.

PURCH Prepares You to Meet Tomorrow's Primary Care Demands

The PURCH Track provides patient-centered educational opportunities that support your development of both diagnostic excellence and the understanding of the patient experience.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to practice medicine in diverse urban and rural communities, focusing on underserved populations.

PURCH is an Innovative, Immersive Education Experience

PURCH offers an integrated educational experience:

  • Basic science years 1 and 2 at the SOM campus in Worcester with clinical experiences and other educational opportunities at the UMMS-Baystate campus in Springfield
  • Clinical years 3 and 4 with rotations anchored at the UMMS-Baystate campus and the opportunity to do some electives at the SOM Worcester campus

From your first year at medical school, you will start becoming familiar with the faculty, patients, and wide range of clinical training settings where you will do your clerkships and clinical rotations in your third and fourth years.

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How to Apply to the PURCH Track:

Application to the PURCH Track at UMass Medical School (UMMS) is made through the secondary application process. Applicants interested in the PURCH Track first apply to UMMS through AMCAS. All applicants receive detailed information about the PURCH Track with their secondary application materials. The PURCH Track application is accessible in the UMMS secondary application website. Any questions regarding the PURCH Track and/or policies around opting in or out should be directed to the Office of Admissions at or 508 856 2323.

PURCH Track Selection Process:

Those applying to the PURCH Track will be reviewed for the MD program and the PURCH Track. Those applicants who are selected for an interview will be invited to participate in the PURCH Track interview process and visit both campuses during a two day visit.

The visit at the main campus will include the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), interactions with first and second year students, along with an overview of UMMS and a tour of the main campus. 

The regional campus portion of the visit will involve PURCH Track candidates spending an additional day at the UMMS-Baystate campus, and will participate in the Multi Mini Interview (MMI) process with Baystate faculty, staff and others. Applicants will also participate in regional campus and community overviews and tours.

PURCH Track applicants must perform satisfactorily in both the MMI and regional campus interview process in order for their application to move forward.

Applicants will be considered for admission to the MD or MD/PhD program and the PURCH Track.  

The number of positions available in the PURCH Track is limited to 25. Failure to be accepted into the PURCH Track does not adversely impact being considered for the Worcester campus MD program. Please be sure to review our PURCH Track policies around opting in or out. 

PURCH Track Policies:

Be sure to review the PURCH Track policies before applying.

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Track and Pathway Programs

UMass Medical School is excited to annouce our new partnership with Bay State Health. Starting with the 2016-2017 application cycle, applicants will be able to select the PURCH Track as part of the secondary application. Applicants interested in rural and urban health may wish to apply and complete the accompanying essay questions. Interviews are by invitation and applicants will interview at both UMass Medical School and Bay State Health.

The UMass Medical School has various pre-and post-matriculation pathways available to applicants including our BaccMD program, the Health Science Preparation program and our MD specific pathway programs. If you have any questions regarding the various pathways, please contact the Office of Admissions at or 508-856-2323.

Baccalaureate MD Program

The UMass Baccalaureate MD (BaccMD) Program is a multiphase program that provides selected students from the UMass undergraduate campuses with the opportunity of provisional acceptance into UMass Medical School - School of Medicine. Students who are from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine nationally and in Massachusetts, who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or are first-generation college graduates are eligible to apply to the BaccMD program. Students apply to become Medical Scholars, the first phase of the program in the sophomore year. The program offers students a broad range of academic and clinical immersion opportunities, including book clubs, academic and clinical immersion interaction with physicians and medical students, and observations at clinical sites at UMass Memorial Medical Center. These experiences help Medical Scholars develop insight into what is involved in the life of a medical student and health care provider. The selection of applicants to the Medical Scholars Program contributes to the School of Medicine’s diversity goals and educational mission that the student body will be contributing members to a diverse health care work force serving the needs of the commonwealth and the nation, with a focus on primary care and undeserved communities.


The goal of the BaccMD Program is to improve patient outcomes and reduce health disparities by developing a pool of diverse students aspiring to careers in healthcare.


  • Improve the academic skills of Medical Scholars in critical thinking, problem solving, note taking, test taking strategies, time management and decision making
  • Enhance the communication skills of participants through writing, public speaking and mock interviews
  • Mentorship through the medical school admissions process

Please email with any questions or for more information.

Health Science Preparation Program

The Health Sciences Preparatory Program (HSPP) has two specific goals:

  • Enhance student diversity in professional health sciences. 
  • Enhance the educational preparedness of students for participation in health sciences programs.

This program contributes to these goals by providing a curriculum in which each student is taught principles that are foundational to professional health sciences programs in medicine, nursing or biomedical research. The HSPP comprises a year-long curriculum and training experience that combines instruction in the core academic subjects of biochemistry, physiology and epidemiology/biostatistics together with courses focused on professional skills development. 

The result is a cadre of students who are well grounded in disciplines considered essential for competitive admission into and long-term success in professional health sciences programs. The HSPP is designed as a prematriculation program for enrollment in the School of Medicine, but classes are also available to those interested in preparation for enrollment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the Graduate School of Nursing. 

MD Pathways

Below is a list of the pathway programs available following matriculation at the UMass Medical School - School of Medicine. Each pathway has its own admissions process and curriculum. Select a pathway for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the MD pathway programs, please contact the Office of Admissions at

*If you are interested in the PURCH Track, you can apply for it when completing our secondary application.